Health Shorts: more pesticide residues in produce

If you’re worried about pesticide and herbicide residues in food, you might want to spend more time in the organic section of the produce aisle. When the Food and Drug Administration sampled produce in 2008, they found pesticide residues in 96.6 percent of peaches, 93.6 percent of apples and 94.1 percent of celery. By contrast, only 13.1 percent of grains and grain products tested positive for pesticides.

[SOURCE: U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Pesticide Residue Monitoring Program]

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Last Updated June 10, 2010